UBQ Materials

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UBQ Materials is an Israeli company that converts unsorted household waste into a completely reusable thermoplastic alternative.[1] It is located in Kibbutz Tze'elim in the Negev.[2]

Corporate history and activity[edit]

The company was founded in 2012 by Tato Bigio and Rabbi Yehuda Pearl, who also established the Sabra Dipping Co., the top producer of hummus in the U.S.[3]

UBQ Materials transforms 80% of domestic trash that is not usually recycled before it gets to landfills,[4] in a process that produces no emissions, uses no water, and does not generate waste.[5] UBQ turns household waste into a composite material similar to plastic, but that is sustainable and carbon negative,[6] and bio-based.[7] The production process reduces household waste into basic organic components at pseudo-molecular level; the natural components reform and bind together to form composite material with thermoplastic properties.[8] UBQ Materials are upcycled composites which are sustainable, recyclable, and competitively priced for the marketplace today.[9] The production of a ton of UBQ material diverts twelve tons of carbon dioxide from the environment, making it the most environmental thermoplastic material available.[10]

In 2019, Virginia’s Waste Management Authority became the first U.S. company to purchase 2,000 UBQ waste containers to increase recycling in Richmond, Va and the surrounding area.[11][12]

UBQ has raised $27 million from private investors and global venture capital funds like Battery Ventures[13] and the EASME- EU Executive Agency for SMEs.[14][15]

Scientists including Nobel Prize Laureate chemist Roger Kornberg, Hebrew University biochemist Oded Shoseyov, and Connie Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for Climate Action serve on UBQ's advisory board.[16]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Best Use of Alternative Feedstocks, Bio Market Insights Conference (Israel, May 2019)[1]

Leadership in Innovation Award, Re-focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit (Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 2019)[1]

Sponsor, Plastic Free World Conference and Expo (June 2020)[17]


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  9. ^ Gyekye, Liz (2018-11-16). "5 Minutes With… Christopher Sveen from UBQ Materials". Bio Market Insights. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  10. ^ Solomon, Shoshanna. "Central Virginians to put out their recycling in Israeli plastic-substitute bins". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. ^ "UBQ enters US market with recycled materials, containers". Plastics News. 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  12. ^ Lidman, Melanie. "Sabra hummus founder says plastic is the perfect way to upcycle waste". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  13. ^ "UBQ Materials". Battery Ventures. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  16. ^ "UBQ Claims Landfill Alchemy | Hamodia.com". Hamodia. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  17. ^ "UBQ Materials". Plastic Free World Conference & Expo. Retrieved 2019-10-30.